Archives: FBA Authors

Kathryn Hurlock

Kathryn Hurlock

Kathryn Hurlock is Head of the History Research Centre, and Reader in Medieval History at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is a religious historian working on the ways in which people have engaged in major religious activities like pilgrimage and crusading from the middle ages to the present day.

She is the author of Wales and the Crusades, c.1095-1291 (University of Wales Press, 2011), Britain, Ireland, and the Crusades, 1000-1300 (Palgrave, 2013), and Medieval Welsh Pilgrimage, c.1100-1500 (Palgrave, 2018), as well as several edited collections, book chapters, and journal articles. Kathryn has contributed to television and radio as an expert commentator on pilgrimage, crusading, and medieval history.

Her first trade book, Heavenly Places: How Pilgrimage Changed the World, will be published in 2025 by Profile Books.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Abram

Kieran Yates

Kieran Yates

Kieran Yates is a London-based journalist, broadcaster and editor who has been writing about culture, technology and politics for over 10 years. She’s written everywhere from the Guardian, FADER, VICE, The Independent and beyond, had an acclaimed monthly column at VICE titled ‘British Values’, was nominated for Culture Writer of the Year in 2016 and regularly hosts events and panels discussing issues across music, politics, and news.

Kieran contributed to the award-winning book of essays, The Good Immigrant in 2017 about immigrant stories in the UK, where she wrote about ‘Going Home’. In 2015 she started a fanzine called ‘British Values’, a political satire and culture magazine that celebrates immigrant communities in the UK. She is the co-author of Generation Vexed: What the English Riots Didn’t Tell Us About Your Nation’s Youth published by Random House in 2011, and was part of the Guardian’s ‘My Favourite Album’ eBook in 2011.

Kieran is currently working on her debut book about home and the housing crisis titled All The Houses I’ve Lived In, to be published by Simon and Schuster, out Spring 2023.

Clive Webb

Clive Webb

Clive Webb is Professor of Modern American History at the University of Sussex. He is the recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship, studying acts of violence against foreign nationals in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research has been featured in articles written for the Guardian, Independent and The New York Times. His first trade book, Vietdamned: The True Story of How the World’s Great Thinkers Put the US Government on Trial for War Crimes, will be published by Profile Books in 2024.

Clare Hammond

Clare Hammond

Clare Hammond is a British investigative journalist. Based in London, she works for non-profit Global Witness, where her recent work has exposed failings by Big Tech and issues relating to natural resources, conflict and corruption. In Myanmar, where she lived for six years until 2020, she was most recently the digital editor of Frontier, the country’s best-known investigative magazine. A Google News Initiative and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee, her reporting has won multiple awards. On the Shadow Tracks: A Journey Through Occupied Myanmar, will be published by Allen Lane in 2024.

Liam Shaw

Liam Shaw

Liam Shaw is a biologist researching the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance. He is currently a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. His main research uses DNA sequencing data to understand the ‘horizontal’ transfer of resistance genes between different species of bacteria.

His writing on science has appeared in the London Review of Books and the Morning Star. 

His first book, Fossil Drugs: A Natural History of Antibiotics, will be published in the UK by Bodley Head.

Owen Rees

Owen Rees

Dr Owen Rees is Associate Lecturer in Ancient History at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he specialises in the transition of soldiers from civilian life to the battlefield and back again. His books on the topic of ancient Greek warfare include Great Battles of the Classical Greek World (Pen & Sword, 2016); Great Naval Battles of the Ancient Greek World (Pen & Sword, 2018); and Military Departures, Homecomings, and Death in Classical Athens: Hoplite Transitions (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022).

Owen has recently been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship to conduct research on “Experiences, Definitions, and Identities of the Veteran in Classical Greece”, a fellowship he will hold at the University of Nottingham from 2023.

He is also the founder and lead editor of the website BadAncient.com, which brings together a growing network of specialists to fact-check common claims made about the ancient world and expose the prevalent pseudohistory in the modern day.

Owen’s first trade book, The Far Edges of the Known World: A New Perspective On Our Ancient Civilizations, will be published in the UK by Bloomsbury in 2024 and by Norton in the US. In this major work, Rees steers us to a fresh look at the ancient world, turning our attention to the peripheries to tell the stories of everyday ancient people and showing how extensive archaeological excavations have shed new light on cultures that are often overlooked.

Joseph Sassoon

Joseph Sassoon

Joseph Sassoon is Professor of History and Political Economy and Director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford and a Trustee of the Bodleian Library.

His previous books include the prize-winning Saddam Hussein’s Ba’th Party (CUP, 2011), The Iraqi Refugees (Bloomsbury, 2010) and The Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics (CUP, 2016). His latest book is The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty (Allen Lane, 2022). His ancestors were forcibly separated from the Sassoons in the nineteenth century, but he is fluent in the languages they spoke and the obscure Judeo-Arabic script – indecipherable to previous historians – that they used in their private communications and which provide the foundation of the book. “Not only is this a powerful human story but it also carries contemporary resonance in a time when great fortunes are again being made”― Financial Times.

 

Books by Joseph Sassoon

Adjoa Osei

Adjoa Osei

Dr Adjoa Osei is a Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge.  She is a cultural historian whose research is actively interdisciplinary, exploring themes that are at the intersection of Performing Arts, Brazilian Studies, Afro-Latin American Studies, and Francophone Studies.  She completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool in Latin American Studies.

Prior to this, she undertook an MPhil at the University of Oxford in Portuguese Studies, funded by the Ertegun Scholarship in the Humanities, achieving a Distinction; and she completed a BA Hons in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Kings College London, University of London, achieving a First Class Honours with Distinction.  She is a linguist, working in both Portuguese and French.  Her research has also been published in the major refereed journal Atlantic Studies. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Library of Congress, Washington DC from 2018–2019 in recognition of the originality of her research.

Adjoa’s research is comparative and transnational in a broad Atlantic frame, exploring race in the context of Latin America, with particular focus on racialized and gendered experiences in art and performance in early-twentieth-century Brazil; and within Francophone Studies, concentrating on representations of race in artistic modernism in early-twentieth-century France and the USA. She is committed to working across languages and challenging Anglocentric approaches in Arts and Humanities research. As a BBC New Generation Thinker, Adjoa has a growing portfolio of public engagement and media work.

Morten H. Christiansen

Morten H. Christiansen

Morten H. Christiansen is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology at Cornell University, Professor in Cognitive Science of Language at the School of Communication and Culture as well as the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University, Denmark, and a Senior Scientist at the Haskins Labs. He was awarded the Cognitive Psychology Section Award from the British Psychological Society and a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Psychonomic Society. In 2021, Morten was elected as a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. His work has been featured in many news outlets, including Washington Post, Scientific American, New Economist, Daily Telegraph, New Scientist, Der Spiegel, and Times of India. Morten has also appeared on BBC Radio Inside Science, BBC World, BBC Wales, ABC Radio Australia, and Danish Public Radio, among others.

The Language Game: How Improvisation Created Language and Changed the Worldco-written with Nick Chater, was published Bantam Press in the UK and by Basic Books in the US – both in Spring 2022.

Photo courtesy of Jesse Winter

Books by Morten H. Christiansen

Rebecca Ivory

Rebecca Ivory

Rebecca Ivory is a writer based in Dublin. Her short fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly, Banshee, The Tangerine and Fallow Media.

In 2020, she was awarded a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories.